Eat Local on Turkey Day

Thanksgiving gatherings will be different this year, but turkey--prepared at home or by a restaurant--will still provide the beautiful aromas for most.

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go….” Maybe not this year. As our covid-19 pandemic shutdown drags on, folks are rethinking family gatherings this Thanksgiving (November 26). But we still want to celebrate. In response, restaurants, wine shops and other purveyors near Wards 7 and 8 are revamping their services. Some offer only takeout and/or delivery. Many could not provide details yet, so be sure to call ahead or check restaurant websites. Even if your favorite restaurant is closed that day, you can usually order takeout for side dishes and other items the day before.

Barrel, 613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (202-543-3623) is closed Thanksgiving week. However, it will offer Thanksgiving packages the week before. For details visit

Belga Café, 514 Eighth St. SE (202-544-0100) is offering carryout turkey dinners from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Café Berlin, 322 Mass. Ave. NE (202-543-7656), will offer three seatings on Thanksgiving: 1, 3 and 6 p.m. Besides turkey and the trimmings, you may order wild game, German specialties and other dishes.

DC Harvest, 517 H St.NE (202-629-3296) is closed Thanksgiving but is hosting a special dinner November 17. For details visit

Emilie’s, 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. (202-544-4368) is closed on Thanksgiving, but its well- stocked gourmet grocery and wine shop is open the day before. Call or visit

Jackie, 79 Potomac Ave. SE (202-919-3800). The ‘New Dacha’, American Bistro “Jackie” is helmed by award-winning chef Jerome Grant. For Thanksgiving, pre-order in a complete meal or items from the menu.

La Plaza, 629 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. (202-546-9512). As always on Thanksgiving, La Plaza will be deep-frying turkeys all day for lunch and dinner.

Masseria, 1340 Fourth St. NE (202-608-1330), is offering turkey dinners for pickup and delivery. Orders must be placed on line, and pickup is Thanksgiving from noon to around 5:30 p.m. (exact time and menu to be determined).

Radici, 303 Seventh St. SE (202-758-0086), will be open Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for takeout (menus to be determined), plus wines, pastries, condiments and other goodies.

Rose’s Luxury, 719 Eighth St. SE (202-580-8889). Rose’s is closed Thanksgiving and the day after. But customers may order lemon-brined roast turkey and sides in advance to pick up Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Each order includes a donation to the DC Food Program.

The Roost, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (, plans to be open Thanksgiving. Inside the 12,500-square-foot space are Shelter Bar, Cameo (coffee and light fare and groceries including pancake and waffle mixes, jams and honey); Hi-Fi Taco (Red Apron Butcher), The Slice Joint (pizza).

Station 4, 1101 Fourth St. SW (202-488-0987) will be open for dine-in and carryout on Thanksgiving. For details and to order visit

Très Creole , 703 Edgewood St. NE (202-905-7467) Baton Rouge native and chef Eric Tyson brings a fresh perspective on Creole-Cajun food to your Thanksgiving Table. Check out the cajun-fried turkey or meals for up to five at

Tunnicliff’s Tavern, 222 Seventh St. SE. (202-544-5680) will provide the regular menu plus carryout with turkey and sides.

Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE, is closed on Thanksgiving (, but visit the day before for ingredients and other needs: District Fishwife ( for fresh oysters, scallops, salmon and other sustainable seafoods. Harvey’s Market (butcher), is taking turkey orders until Nov. 20, for pickup two days before Thanksgiving. Harvey’s also carries duck, goose and other fowl. Red Apron Butchery is taking orders for turkey and other meats online.…..And, to carve that big bird, you’ll need a sharp knife. Visit District Cutlery (

Yes! Organic Market, 410 Eighth St. SE (202-546-4325) will be open Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store is taking orders for organic and natural-free range turkeys until about a week before, with pickup any time after that. The store also carries fresh and frozen produce, wines, candles and other items.

Gobble Gobble
In Eastern Market, Market Poultry (202-543-2840) and Capitol Hill Poultry (202-544-4435) are taking turkey orders for pickup two or three days before Thanksgiving. The stands also carry duck, goose, Cornish hens and other items. While you’re in the Market, check out Bowers Fancy Dairy Products (202-5447877) for marvelous cheeses and other victuals.

Wine and Spirits
What’s a festive dinner without wine? Local wine and liquor stores offer delivery and pickup, and will help you select that perfect bottle.

Chat’s, 503 Eighth St. SE (202-544-4600) will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but proprietor Burnie Williams will assemble a carefully chosen case of wine for pick up or delivery.

Chat’s proprietor Burnie Williams can select that perfect wine for your Thanksgiving feast.

DCanter Wine Boutique, 545 Eighth St. SE (202-817-3803) will be open Thanksgiving Day for inside sales, pickup and delivery. Among turkey friendly vintages are Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gamay, and interesting South African vintages.

Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, 300 Mass. Ave. NE (202-543-9300) will be closed Thanksgiving, but the day before, you can choose an Alsatian Riesling, Oregon Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir at sale prices.

Other shops offering wine and other potent potables include: Congressional Liquor, 408 First St. SE (202-547-3803); Gandel’s, 211 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (202-543-1000); Harry’s Liquor, 909 New Jersey, SE (202-4502314);  J.J. Mutt’s, 643 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (202-546-2800).

Party Time
Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St. SE (202-543-1997) will be open Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shop carries Multi-Cookers (various sizes), roasting pans, knives, napkins, towels, aprons, cookbooks and more.

Hill’s Kitchen can provide all the party needs for that festive Thanksgiving dinner.

Groovy DC, 321 Seventh Se. SE (202-544-6633) is closed Thanksgiving but carries everything you need for a festive dinner: napkins, candles, greeting cards and other party goods. Visit

District Wharf
At the Wharf, 740 Maine Ave. SW, several restaurants are serving on Thanksgiving Day, and many are open the day before.

Lupo Marino, 40 Pearl St. SW (202-506-1306), will be open on Thanksgiving, with hours, menu and other details to be determined.

Mi Vida, 98 District Square SW (202-516-4656) will be open on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. ‘til 11 p.m. The regular Mexican menu is available, plus specials for dine-in and carryout.

Officina, 1120 Main St. SW (202-747-5222), offers several Thanksgiving options: turkey, prime rib or ham dinner with sides, fully cooked or to cook at home, plus “curated” wine packs. Dishes are also available ala carte.  Pre-order by 8 p.m. November 19, to pick up next Wednesday or Thursday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Officina also operates a (mainly) Italian grocery.

At the Wharf’s historic Municipal Fish Market, vendors hawk oysters for your turkey stuffing or to savor on the half-shell.

The Grill, 99 Market Square SW (202-916-5996), will be serving lunch and dinner; menus to be determined. For details and to place an order, visit

The Wharf’s historic Municipal Fish Market will be selling raw and cooked crabs and shrimp, oysters on the half shell and by the pint and quart, scallops, Maine lobster, salmon and more. Principal vendors are Captain White’s Seafood (202-554-5520) and Jessie Taylor Seafood (202-554-4173).